31 May 2010

Forum still has concerns over progress in Fiji

9:11 pm on 31 May 2010

A group charged with continuing to engage with Fiji authorities says a progress report from the Pacific nation has fallen short of expectations.

The Pacific Islands Forum's ministerial contact group on Fiji met in Auckland on Monday with Fiji's interim Minister for Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola.

The chair of the group, Tonga's Prime Minister Feleti Sevele, says the group had a frank and fruitful discussion regarding where the forum would like to see Fiji moving in the future.

However, New Zealand's Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully says there are still concerns about human rights and the rule of law in Fiji.

Mr McCully says Fiji maintains there will be no elections before 2014 - and even that date is doubted by some.

Fiji continues to fail to include all of the stakeholders in dialogue about reform, he says.